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The Skeletons in God's Closet

Joshua Ryan Butler

The Skeletons in God's Closet

Joshua Ryan Butler

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How can a loving God send people to hell? Isn?t it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God? What is up with holy war in the Old Testament?

Many of us fear God has some skeletons in the closet. Hell, judgment, and holy war are hot topics for the Christian faith that have a way of igniting fierce debate far and wide. These hard questions leave many wondering whether God is really good and can truly be trusted.

The Skeletons in God's Closet confronts our popular caricatures of these difficult topics with the beauty and power of the real thing. Josh Butler reveals that these subjects are consistent with, rather than contradictory to, the goodness of God. He explores Scripture to reveal the plotlines that make sense of these tough topics in light of God's goodness. From fresh angles, Josh deals powerfully with such difficult passages as:

  • The Lake of Fire
  • Lazarus and the Rich Man
  • The Slaughter of Canaanites in the Old Testament

Ultimately, The Skeletons in God's Close uses our toughest questions to provoke paradigm shifts in how we understand our faith as a whole. It pulls the ?skeletons out of God's closet? to reveal they were never really skeletons at all.



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How can a loving God send people to hell? Isn?t it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God? What is up with holy war in the Old Testament?

Many of us fear God has some skeletons in the closet. Hell, judgment, and holy war are hot topics for the Christian faith that have a way of igniting fierce debate far and wide. These hard questions leave many wondering whether God is really good and can truly be trusted.

The Skeletons in God's Closet confronts our popular caricatures of these difficult topics with the beauty and power of the real thing. Josh Butler reveals that these subjects are consistent with, rather than contradictory to, the goodness of God. He explores Scripture to reveal the plotlines that make sense of these tough topics in light of God's goodness. From fresh angles, Josh deals powerfully with such difficult passages as:

  • The Lake of Fire
  • Lazarus and the Rich Man
  • The Slaughter of Canaanites in the Old Testament

Ultimately, The Skeletons in God's Close uses our toughest questions to provoke paradigm shifts in how we understand our faith as a whole. It pulls the ?skeletons out of God's closet? to reveal they were never really skeletons at all.


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Meet the Author

Joshua Ryan Butler

Josh Butler serves as pastor of local and global outreach at Imago Dei Community, a church in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Josh oversees the church's city ministries in areas like foster care, human trafficking and homelessness; and develops international partnerships in areas like clean water, HIV-support and church planting. Josh is also a worship leader who enjoys writing music for the life of the church.

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Paradigm shifting
4 stars By Tanwin, Aug 05 2016
Profound and paradigm shifting.

This book discusses 3 things: hell, judgement, and holy war. As you can expect they are not very common topics to write about. And I must say that there are many ideas floating through the pages that is controversial.

Butler's description of hell, for example, feels like it fits nicely to the biblical (OT and NT) notion of the topic. For most of us whose image of hell is mainly drawn from Dante's inferno then you will find this as a shock! Butler is trying to remove all traditional view of hell that is not biblical, and by doing so he is drawing some controversies.

Overall, I can't realy reject or deny his thesis. On one hand, the idea seems to be biblical but his arguments lack the scriptural evidence. Most of the ideas are drawn from Augustine and CS Lewis' The Great Divorce. When Butler uses the scripture he mainly draws the idea from parables of Jesus - which I feel a bit stretched too thin on his interpretation. 

The good thing about this book is that it is very well written. The book is thicker than your average book (350 pages). But Butler's writing style makes it so easy to read.

The ideas are controversial but it's not heretical (unlike Rob Bell's Love Wins). The fact that my ideas of hell is stirred, I'm giving it 4 out of 5
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  • Catalogue Code 405859
  • Product Code 9780529100818
  • ISBN 0529100819
  • EAN 9780529100818
  • Pages 356
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Oct 2014
  • Sales Rank #46927
  • Dimensions 212 x 139 x 27 mm
  • Weight 0.399kg

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